1. An image is a backup, but a backup is not necessarily an image
From backup you can restore your personal data, but you cannot restore programs for which you do not have the installation media, be that a CD/DVD or a purchased download, unless of course the install files are on the drive, as against only the actual program
2. Bearing that in mind, if that drive is faulty and it does fail, you will lose all except what of course you now have backed up
3. So the first question is - what is the make and full model of the computer if branded
Are you prepared to take the risk of having to start again with the XP installation, either from the CD or from a recovery partition of the hard drive, normally found on branded machines Dell etc where it returns the computer to factory condition.
If of course the hard drive fails and it is the ONE hard drive with a recovery partition that option has gone out of the window
4. Depending on what you now decide you can run a chkdsk on the drive from windows so that we can get the result
5. OR you can create an image of the drive on an external drive, so that you may if necessary copy that back to a new hard drive
6. If you decide to accept the risk and of course I DO NOT KNOW if the drive is failing or simply if it was file corruption froma forced shutdown etc then go
2. My Computer
3. right click C drive, click properties, click tools
4. click error checking, click check now
5. Click so that BOTH boxes are checked
6. Click start
7. agree the message to run on restart and do so.
It is a five stage check do not interrupt it
Post back please and we will get the results of the check from event viewer
Edited by Macboatmaster, 27 September 2012 - 01:13 PM.